How do childbirth injuries occur?
During pregnancy, a woman’s obstetric team must closely watch her to ensure any problems are diagnosed and managed properly. This high level of care must continue through to birth to ensure any issues are dealt with quickly and effectively.
Prompt decisions must be made if there are signs of distress or danger during the childbirth, including reverting to a C-section or attempting an assisted delivery. If procedures such as these occur, the mother must undergo a thorough examination to ensure any injuries are identified and repaired.
However, this standard of care is not always provided to women while giving birth, causing them to suffer unnecessary complications that could otherwise have been avoided. This will amount to medical negligence and a claim may ensue.
What are the most common types of childbirth injury?
There are numerous reasons why the mother or child might be injured as a result of medical complications that are mishandled by the clinical team. Common causes include:
- Internal organ damage during a C-section
- Missed third and fourth-degree perineal tears
- Placental abruption
- Poorly repaired episiotomies
These can lead to a number of negative outcomes for the child, such as:
- Birth asphyxia
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Brain bleeds
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Hip dysplasia
- Injuries from a ventouse or forceps delivery
- Shoulder dystocia
- Poorly-managed gestational diabetes
Additionally, medical negligence during the birthing process can also lead to negative health consequences for the mother, including:
- Postnatal depression or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postpartum haemorrhaging
- Uterine ruptures or prolapses
- Vaginal tears
If a mother or newborn child is consequently left with long-term or permanent problems due to the negligence of the family’s medical team, you will be in a position to make a claim.
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